ONE: Well, the Social Security Administration has resurrected me, but most of the accounts I use haven't. My checking account is inaccessible on-line (and it's a California bank - I'm in New Mexico), my bank debit card has been closed, I've sent them copies of many documents through the mail and their e-mail, and so far, still no access. After a long conversation with a very nice lady on Wednesday, she received all my docs, sent them to her "Proof Department" and promised to keep me in loop yesterday - Thursday. When I didn't receive a call, I e-mailed her. I just got a response that she has not heard from the Proof Department and will let me know as soon as she does. (I love my bank, but I'm opening a BofA checking account tomorow - they are in each state and this would have been solved the first day if I didn't have a California only bank account.)
All three credit bureau agencies are inaccessible on-line - they all still have me as deceased.
American Express sent me an e-mail, "To the Family of Barbara Dewell" It was really a nice e-mail and would have been very much appreciated, except... of course, I'm still alive.
I have the minimum amount of minutes on my Verizon phone plan - and you can imagine how much time I've spent on the phone. I'm not going to raise the minutes to a new plan for a month, which Verizon is very nice about doing so people don't get charged for overages - then the next month you just call and change the plan back. I'm grandfathered in for unlimited data on my plan, if I change it, I lose that, so I'm not changing my plan, of course, even for a month. I'm trying to stay under my minute limit, but it's been hard.
One thing I can say, this has been really interesting. I remember when I had open-heart surgery to sew up a hole in my heart. I found all the tests and the whole experience so interesting. My Mom thought I was crazy. I'm finding this experience - of having the Social Security Administration report my death to all my accounts when they do their normal credit checking - interesting in a similar way. Our institutions really are trying very hard to protect us. But hopefully they will all remove that "deceased" flag from my accounts soon. All they have to do is check with the SSA again, but unfortunately they don't do re-checks on dead people's accounts. You have to send them all kinds of things first to prove you're alive, then (hopefully) as requested in the accompanying letter, they will again contact Social Security and find out I'm no longer deceased. And re-activate my accounts.
I have no idea when this will end, my son offered to wire me some money and/or offered the use of any of his credit cards if I needed them. Luckily I pay my motor home payment ahead, and pay off the two credit cards I use every month. I can still use one card, my only source of cash right now, so I called them to make sure I could get a cash advance, and immediately went to a local bank and took some money out, just in case. I have a full fridge/freezer and cupboards so I'll be fine until this kerfuffle has been reversed and I can again access any of my accounts. I'm assuming my SS deposit next week will not be available to me, and wanted to make sure I had some money, just in case.
TWO: Since I'm in Albuquerque - on my way from Storrie Lake to Elephant Butte State Park - I decided to head to Camping World, where the maker of my RV, Forrest River, suggested I go to have the broken Systems Monitor repaired or replaced. They are the place to go for Forrest River warranty work, so they have the diagnostic equipment and know how to take care of these rigs.
I called for an appointment last week, and couldn't get in until yesterday. I went to Camping World Wednesday afternoon, just checking to see where they were, if they could take me early, and to verify my appointment. They are easy to get to, right off the freeway, couldn't take me a day early, and said I could park outside their gates overnight. I decided to do that and scoot in first in the morning.
Of course, as I'm waiting outside the door with Katie in her stroller at 7:45, two couples joined me. When they opened the doors at 8:00, one of the men tried to scoot in front of me to be first. OH, NO YOU DON'T. I intercepted him with the stroller, "Sorry, I've been waiting here since yesterday afternoon."
They checked me in and immediately went out to check it out. Katie and I went back to the "rear" waiting room, the one with all the tables and chairs, TV, free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, dog cookies, and breakfast pastries. Super nice and comfortable waiting room, FOR SURE.
|Katie is smelling the free FOOD - I did give her a piece of the large dog cookies they had on the counter.|
|Look at that little face peering over the table. :)|
Everyone was really nice. A little while later the woman who checked me in came back and told me the unit was inoperable, and had to be replaced. I had already been waiting seven days, at casino and Wal-Mart parking lots, and now it would be another 7 or 8 days for the part to arrive from Forrest River. For the first time ever, I had them "expedite" the part, which would take around 3 days, and she said she would call me as soon as it was "walking in the door."
So Katie and I are hanging out in the Wal-Marts nearby - I tell you, there are a ton of them in Albuquerque, three in this area, which we will rotate through until we're called.
THREE: I caught my toe on the edge of the table leg and OUCH, OUCH, OUCH. Then I DID IT AGAIN! OUCH FOUR TIMES @#!*!(!
This time I was ready: I wrapped my little toe and the next two toes together with my cloth wrapping stuff, then taped it around to keep it on. The top of my foot over the toes was black and blue for a week, and is still swollen and really sore. I wrapped my toes for a few days, and now I'm trying to wear shoes all the time inside The Palms so I don't hit it again. Because, you know what? You can still hit a swollen toe on something, even if it's wrapped. Don't ask me how I know. :(
So if you see a little old white haired lady limping along, walking her dog, in a Wal-Mart parking lot, come on over and say HI. It'll be me, for sure. :)
OH, YEAH. THE PLUS ONE: Katie's been sick. I won't go into detail, but she's not sleeping in MY bed for now. She seems fine most of the time, then ... well, I won't go into detail.
I'm keeping her on water and a little food and I just remembered I should make up some rice for her. How do I not give Katie a treat when I see this face - such a big smile:
What's new with you? LOL
From Me and Katie, have a great Friday, everyone! :)